Coal mines are present in all states and territory of Australia. Coal is primarily used to generate electricity and is exported. Two forms of coal are found in Australia, black coal and brown coal.
Black coal is a high quality coal. It is primarily found in Queensland and New South Wales. It is used for domestic power generation and for exporting overseas. Black coal is extracted from underground mines and is transported by rail and trucks to power stations. Thus, there is large number of underground mining jobs available in black coal mines. Some of the jobs available in black coal mines are drillers offsiders, dump truck drivers, mobile plant operators, cleaners, chefs, technicians, administrators, jumbo operators, all rounder, HD fitters, LV fitters, geologists, field assistants, etc.
Brown coal is a lower quality coal. It is primarily found in Victoria and South Australia. It is of lower quality because of higher quantity of ash and water content in it. There are three open cut brown coal mines in Victoria. There are several jobs available in these open cut mines, like machine operators, truck drivers, drillers, trades assistants, field assistants, supervisors and shift managers, paramedics, emergency response officers, OHS officers, engineers, cleaners, chefs and housekeepers.